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A’KF diagram

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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A three-component triangular graph that is used to show how metamorphic *mineral assemblages vary as a function of rock composition within one ...

A-layer

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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The seismic layer corresponding to the *crust of the Earth. It varies in thickness from a few kilometres to 70–90 km. The base lies on the ...

A-subduction

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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The movement of one continental lithospheric *plate under another (*subduction) in a *collision zone, with the separation of part or all of the upper ...

A-tents

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Raised rock slabs or plates of varying thickness, mostly resulting from the buckling of laminae, plates, and slabs. These forms are generally cracked by tectonic activity, although ... More
A-train

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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A series of Earth-observing satellites operated by NASA and other national space agencies. All the satellites are in *polar orbit...

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Volcanic **lava rock that is thick and porous and has a rough, jagged surface when it cools. It

Aalenian

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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A *stage in the European Middle *Jurassic (175.6–171.6 Ma, Int. Commission on Stratigraphy, 2004). See also dogger...

abandoned channel

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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A former stream channel through which water no longer flows (e.g. a *cut-off).

abandoned well

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Any *well that has not been used for a long time and/or is not properly sealed, and is so

abandonment facies association

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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A *facies association formed under conditions of rising sea level, when *clastic deposition has ceased and sediment is deposited very slowly....

abapical

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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A directional term meaning away from the shell *apex.

abaptation

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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The process by which an organism is fitted to its environment as a consequence of the characters it inherits, which have been filtered by ...

abatement

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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The elimination or reduction of emissions that create *pollution. Examples include smoke abatement and noise abatement.

abatement debris

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Waste materials produced by *remediation activities.

Abbey, Edward

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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who wrote the book *Desert Solitaire and is remembered for his strong criticism of public land policies and his

abiogenesis

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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Development of living organisms from non-living matter; as in the supposed origin of life on Earth, or in the concept of spontaneous generation, which was once held to account for the ... More
abiotic

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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Devoid of life, not *biotic, non‐biological. That part of a natural environment that comprises only chemical or physical

abiotic

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A Dictionary of Geology and Earth Sciences (4 ed.)

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Non-living; devoid of life. Compare biotic.

abiotic

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A Dictionary of Geography (5 ed.)

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Not living, non-biological, usually describing factors in an ecosystem: atmospheric gases, humidity, salinity, soil mineral particles, water, and so on. An ...

ablation

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A Dictionary of Environment and Conservation (3 ed.)

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1. The process by which *snow or *ice is lost from a *glacier or *ice cap

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